diy car emergency kit

DIY Car Emergency Kit

Yearly the news highlights dangerous stories about those who get stranded in the hot Southwest heat with a broken car and not enough water and food.

It’s important to have your car prepared for driving in these hot conditions, and to have supplies ready in case you find yourself in an emergency situation. Spending just 20 minutes putting together an emergency car kit will provide you with peace of mind during this hot season, that you will be prepared in case you find yourself with a car that isn’t working.

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1. A gallon on water.

Most important is water. You can have all of the proper gear to fix your car, but if you don’t have water to keep yourself hydrated, you won’t be able to repair your car or get yourself to help.

2. Phone Charger.

Never be stuck in an emergency without a charged phone again. Consider purchasing a portable charger for your phone, so that even if your car is dead, you can still charge your phone and signal for help.

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3. Reflective Emergency Blanket and a mirror.

Reflective blankets can be used for shade or to keep you warm during cooler seasons. It’s also important to have a mirror, so it can be positioned at the sun to signal for help.

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4. Sunscreen and hat.

Keeping yourself out of the direct sun will be vital in preventing heat stroke during the hot summer months. Whether it be a baseball hat or large sun hat, shading yourself will keep you protected longer.

 

5. Snacks.

Similar to water, food will be essential if you find yourself stranded for a period of time. Unsalted nuts, dried fruit, granola bars and dehydrated food are great options because they won’t spoil.

There are many other things to include in an emergency car kit, such as a first aid kit, flashlight, jumper cables, tow straps and duct tape.
Make sure you are prepared in case you find yourself in a situation where you may not be able to get help right away.  Putting together a summer emergency car kit will give you peace of mind knowing that you have what you need, just in case.

 

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It’s especially important to make sure your AC and car fluids are where they should be during the summer. For all of your car care needs, come to Full Circle Auto Wash in Arizona. With locations all across the Phoenix Valley, there is sure to be a car care location near you!

Top Tips for Winter Car Care

Did you know that cold weather affects parts of your car differently than hot weather does? With winter arriving later this month, now is a great time to make sure your car has its check-up before the cold weather arrives. Having a few parts checked now for efficiency and preparedness for winter, can save you in the long run; and no one wants to break down when it’s cold outside! Car experts recommend these parts are ready before winter arrives.
• Heater, Defroster and Wiper Blades – Obviously these are the number one area to check headed into the cold weather as they are the parts of the car that help us deal with the cold inside the car and on the windshield and the other windows of the vehicle. It is not just for the passengers’ comfort that the HVAC (heating, ventilating and air conditioning) system needs to work, but also because of keeping the car itself warm and the windows clear of frost. Also make sure the wiper blades are not worn or cracked. They are critical for the clearing of your windshield after the car has been sitting in the cold. A good rule of thumb is to replace them every six months. Wiper blades get worn from excess use if you live in a rainy climate, or get cracked from the harsh heat if you live in the desert.
• Tires – Of course tires have to be in good working condition every season, but as we change from hot weather to cold, but time passes quickly and we often take them for granted, so it’s a good time to check on them. You will be relying on them even more if you head to the mountains for a fun weekend in the snow and have to drive on icy or snowy streets. Your tires should be examined for remaining tread life and any nicks or cuts that may be on them. Also make sure your spare is ready in case you need it, and the jack is in place and ready as well.
• Battery – Harsh temperatures are hard on your battery – not only hot weather but also cold. Before those temperatures drop any further, it is a good idea to have all the battery’s connections checked and cleaned of corrosion. The connections need to be tight so your battery will work properly. If it has been a few years since you replaced your battery, have a professional check it for efficiency.
• Brakes – There are several parts of your brake system that need to be maintained including the pads and the brake fluid. A professional mechanic should take a look to make sure the brake pads are thick enough, not worn, and that the brake fluid is at the proper level. Both of these are critical for the operation of your brakes.
• Exterior Care – As the weather changes from hot to cold, it is the perfect time to get a good coat of wax on the car’s exterior if it has not been done in a couple months. Your car’s exterior needs the extra protection from the elements.
• Emergency Kit – It is always important to have an emergency kit in your car, but even more so in harsher weather; just in case you are stuck for a while. In the winter, you should have an extra set of gloves, some hand or foot warmers, boots and a blanket in the car, and, if you will be driving in an area where ice or snow are possible, a small shovel and window scraper are also a good idea. Sand and tire chains may also be necessary in the snow. Always have a flashlight and extra batteries, as well as car charger or external battery to charge your cell phone. A few protein bars or packages of nuts are a good idea to keep on hand, too.
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t is quick and easy to get your winter check-up for your car at Full Circle Auto Wash. Pull in today and make sure your car has its winter-ready car check! There are locations around the valley in Avondale, Chandler, Mesa and Queen Creek. Check out our website for coupons and locations near you.

Choosing Synthetic Oil for Your Vehicle

When you get an oil change for your car, you may glance up at the prices and wonder why the synthetic oil is so much more expensive than the traditional oil. The answer is that there are many reasons the synthetic oil is more expensive, and it is a good idea to educate yourself on which motor oil it is a good choice to maintain your car’s engine.

All oil is not created equal.

The major difference between the two types of oil is that conventional oil is drilled; that is was deposited from the dinosaurs, and synthetic oil is man-made, or synthesized, sometimes using raw materials other than crude oil. Conventional oil is refined, but many impurities can still be present in it, and they can build up in your car’s engine over time. There are also synthetic blends, which combine crude oils with the synthetic oil.
The benefits of synthetic oil.

• Synthetic oils handle extreme temperatures better than conventional oil. Oil is meant to keep your engine lubricated and running smoothly. Conventional oil can break down when exposed to high heat, so synthetic oils have a huge advantage in this area. When the oil breaks down or evaporates, your engine is left more vulnerable to wear as it is less lubricated.
• You can go longer between oil changes with synthetic oil. Since it is chemically engineered, and does not break down or need to be changed to flush out leftover sludge, synthetic oil does not have to be changed as often.
• Better fuel ecomony – although it may be a very small difference of only 2 or 3 per cent, better fuel economy is always a welcome improvement. It lets you know your engine is running better than it was, too.

Many mechanics agree that synthetic oil is worth the extra expense. If it is time for you next oil change, pull in to Full Circle Auto Wash to have it done. There are five valley locations, which you can find at www.fullcircleautowash.com. The mechanics there will help advise you the best choice for your particular vehicle and situation. All lubricants today are extremely better than just a few decades ago, and the most important thing for your engine is to have the oil change done in a timely manner and keep your engine lubricated.

Importance of a Regular Oil Change

When it comes to maintaining your vehicle, a routine oil change can pay off in the long run. Oil plays a vital role in your vehicle’s engine. By scheduling a regular oil change, you can prevent having to pay a large sum of money down the road in costly repairs.

What Oil Does For Your Car: Engine oil functions in three major ways. The oil in your engine helps to keep the many components of your engine working together smoothly. There can be thousands of controlled detonations happening every minute inside of your engine, which can create a lot of heat. Engine oil helps to draw the heat away from the combustion chamber and prevents it from potentially overheating. In addition, oil helps to prevent carbon and varnishes from accumulating in the engine.

When To Change Engine Oil: Oil changes are typically recommended based on when a certain mileage or time limit has been reached. The most common recommendation is 3,000 miles or three months, whichever is reached first. However, experts will tend to say trust your odometer. Driving will tend to take more of a tole on your engine than if your car were to be sitting for three months.

What Happens When You Don’t Change Your Oil: A reoccurring problem we see in engines whose oil isn’t changed on a regular basis is buildup in the cooler parts of the engine, like the crankcase and around the camshafts and valves. This can lead to carbon deposits, or sludge, coming out of the old oil. This can lead to a costly engine cleaning or force you to replace worn-out piston rings. In addition, the pistons could eventually seize or the camshafts could be damaged. These repairs can be costly, and make a few high end oil changes look like pocket change. Scheduling routine oil changes can be really cheap insurance for your engine.

Here at Full Circle Autowash, our mission is to provide our customers fast, quality and courteous service at a fair price while providing our employees a great environment to work and grow. Full Circle’s Complete Car Care goes far beyond just ‘Keep it Clean.’ Your vehicle needs more than a wash and wax to continue running smoothly. Full Circle offers full oil & lube services to keep your car or truck running as good as it looks. In addition to changing your oil, Full Circle Autowash can also maintain your coolant, transmission and power steering fluids, as well as engine flush and treatments. Check out our many valley wide locations and put your car in good hands.

Beat the Heat: Auto Window Tinting

The summer sun can be intense, especially living auto window tintingin the Arizona desert. Among our many services at Full Circle Autowash, we offer a variety of auto window tinting for your vehicle in various shades and colors, creating an instant custom appearance, and rejecting heat and glare at all five of our valley wide locations. We offer a lifetime transferable warranty with all of our auto window tinting. Aside from our quality services and competitive prices, there are many other reasons to consider auto window tinting this summer.

Glare: Anyone who has driven with the sun glaring in through their windows knows that it can be not only annoying, but can create a hazardous driving situation. Auto window tinting can help reduce this problem.  It is effective enough that even lighter shades can negate most of the problems caused by glares, while darker shades will eliminate glare completely.

Blocking Harmful UV Rays: No matter how dark your window tinting is, all tint cuts out 99% of UVA and UVB rays. These are the same UV rays that are responsible for interior fading, and are the leading cause to skin cancer.

Protection in Accidents: It is typical that windows shatter in vehicle accidents, spraying the occupants with hundreds of tiny sharp pieces of broken glass. The strong adhesive tint film will hold the cracked glass together preventing it from doing any damage. Any quality tinting film will be strong enough to hold the glass together even in the worst of accidents.

Appearance: Auto window tinting can help give your vehicle edge, with a custom look. We offer a variety of shades and colors to give your tint job a unique appearance.

Vehicle Safety: It is typical to have GPS units, sound systems, tools, and other valuable equipment in your car. This can also be easily noticed from the outside, making it an obvious target for thieves. For this reason more and more, people have been tinting their cars to hide expensive items from outside eyes.

For these reasons and many more, contact us today about auto window tinting.